Medien-Flohmarkt „English Book Sale“


GOOD NEWS!! No doubt you’ve been waiting to hear about our English Book Sale…fingers crossed, we will be holding our sale on

Friday 29th October 2021  from 2-7 pm and  
        Saturday 30th October 2021 from 10 am – 3 pm.

Covid precautions
On entry to the book sale you will be asked to provide proof that you meet at least one of the official requirements:
⸰ proof of vaccination a recent negative PCR test or proof of recovery from Covid.
Masks will be obligatory and – as requested – please ensure that you distance yourself sufficiently from other shoppers.
We would ask you in the interests of minimizing the risk of spreading Covid not to bring your littles into the sale..

This year the sale will take place in Haar but at a new venue as the school is concentrating on coronavirus-conform lessons.

The sale will be in a hall on the grounds of the KBO (Klinikum München-Ost), Gesellschaftshaus, Ring Straße 36 (next to the Café Jedermann) in 85540 Haar.

Our storage is full to bursting and we will not have as much time as usual in the past to sort and price the books. For this reason, we are NOT taking donations prior to the sale.

Due to hygiene and saftey measures, we may have to restrict the number of people in the hall at any one time. We are hoping to extend our opening hours in an effort to give everyone an opportunity to find new reading material to last them through the winter.

 We’ll be sending you precise details about opening times and how to get there nearer the time. Please be aware that the government regulations may well change by the end of October. Masks, social distancing, limited numbers of visitors as well as requirements of proof of vaccination, recovery from coronavirus or a negative test are likely to be necessary. 

Thank you all for your continuing support; if you take a look at our website you will get an idea of the sort of practical assistance you are helping to provide for people in Ilembula (Tanzania). As you no doubt know, every cent you spend on books and DVDs at our sales is used to support humanitarian and environmental projects, in particular for needy families and orphans, in Ilembula.

We look forward to seeing you all in October!

Your Haar Book Sale Team



Please read also this information:  

Donation Request   or in German:    Spendenbitte

Keen readers of English will welcome the news that they’ll have an excellent opportunity
to stock up on their favourite authors and subjects at the2020 Autumn Sale  

The high school shares our close links with Ilembula and has again kindly offered the use of its facilities for the sale. This venue has proved ideal for the sale as it features plenty of light and space, and makes it possible to hold the entire sale on the ground floor. There is also enough room for prams and strollers and wheelchairs. The school is situated just 10 minutes‘ walk from Haar S-Bahn station ( S6) and there is also good parking. For a map showing the school’s location please follow this link:

There will be thousands of books and DVDs for charitable donation. The sale features something for every taste – from general fiction and children’s books to travel, business, cookery, science fiction … all sorted by category. Visitors will also have an opportunity to browse and chat over a cup of coffee or tea and home-made cakes in the lounge area. There will also be a play section for children so that parents can shop at their leisure.
Booksale 2016-1       Booksale 2016-2

View of just two sections of the sales area

The Ilembula Project

The English Book Sale has been running since 2008 and the entire proceeds are used to provide practical assistance to families and orphans in Ilembula, Tanzania. The Ilembula project was established over 30 years ago, and has worked continuously since then to enhance the lives of the community of Ilembula, Tanzania through health, education and environmental initiatives. The proceeds of the English Book Sale help to fund these projects. The success of the Book Sale would not have been possible without all the generous donations of books and DVDs by the general public (on average 15,000 items are donated every year) and without the Sale’s dedicated team of currently 26 volunteers working tirelessly for hours sorting and pricing the thousands of donations.








Volunteers bringing order into chaos!

Proceeds from the English Book Sale have over the years:

  • Provided support for AIDS orphans and poor children in primary schools (school supplies and school uniforms)
  • Paid for the education of kindergarten teachers, nurses and solar technicians
  • Helped pay for the building of an AIDS education centre
  • Provided the means for the HIV-positive group to start a small business renting out chairs and tents for weddings, meetings and other events
  • Bought braille paper and bell-equipped footballs for blind students
  • Paid for the shipment of donated chairs, tables and material for the centre for orphaned and disabled children and teens, the kindergarten and the AIDS education centre
  • Paid for the building of adobe stoves to reduce deforestation through the more efficient use of firewood; these stoves also help to prevent the burn injuries commonly sustained from the open fires previously used, and as they incorporate chimneys they also help to avert smoke-related lung diseases
  • Funded supplies for the Munich team of Days for Girls ( to provide girls with feminine hygiene kits so that they can attend school all the year round
  • Funded a special health and hygiene campaign in schools in and around Ilembula to promote health awareness amongst the pre-teens and teens, in particular AIDS prevention.

Please browse this website to see photos of some of the projects to which the Book Sale has contributed.

Book and DVD Donations

The Book Sale is only possible thanks to the thousands of books and DVDs donated and purchased so generously by the general public over the years. Please contact us to obtain further information about donation procedure (see Contact Information below).

Non-Book Donations

The following items are also desperately needed by the community in Ilembula and can be brought along with book donations or given to volunteers at the Sale. They will then be added to the containers sent twice a year to Ilembula:

  • English medical, surgery, midwifery, nursing, anatomy or botany books
  • relatively up-to-date English encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • laptops complete with power supply unit and not password-protected
  • mobile phones not more than 6 years old complete with charger and not password-protected
  • cutlery, kitchen aids and appliances
  • tools
  • musical instruments
  • mechanical typewriters
  • shoes (clean, but no winter boots please!)

NB  please do not bring clothes as transportation costs to Africa are much too high to make it worthwhile and as we prefer to support the local textile industry.

Contact Information

To obtain further details about the English Book Sale and about donating, either

  • send an email to            
  • contact us via Facebook: Munich English Book Sale
  • or Twitter: @MunichEnglishBookSale








District Pastor Kuyava from Ilembula and Mr Kidodelo, the managing director of Emmaberg girls‘ boarding school, expressing their thanks for the Book Sale’s support.